Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Armstrong in France and the Norwegians in Sweden


Last Sunday's NY Times had an article about Lance Armstrong's preparation for this summer's TDF. In the late spring, he rides a bunch of the routes for the summer's race. Here is a bit of the article...

Does it really help to see the routes, to commit every stage in the Alps and Pyrenees to memory? Nobody else does it, or ever has.

"It depends," he said in a long interview here. "Like today, you didn't need to see that. But, for me, the more important thing is tradition and superstition. I've always done it, I've always gone and looked at all of them.

"If somebody called me and said, `Hey, it's absolutely flat, good pavement, all on one road,' I'd still come. Even if there wasn't a race like the Circuit de la Sarthe, I'd still fly up here and look it over."

Meanwhile, the Norwegian O' team is doing something similar to prepare for May 1-4 Nordic Open Champs. They're holding a training camp in terrain near the NOC terrain and replicating the NOC schedule. The NOC begins on a Thursday with a sprint race, followed by the classic, short and then relay. The Norwegian training camp follows the same schedule. Today (Thursday) was the sprint. Tomorrow, the Norwegian camp features a classic distance race, and so on.

Armstrong can ride the actual course. The Norwegians have to settle for running in similar terrain. To make it as relevant as possible, the course was set by a local who was knowledgeable of the NOC terrain.

You can see course from the sprint event from the training camp here.

posted by Michael | 8:38 PM


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